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I also have mixed feelings about this topic. Recently we have identified some issues with the officers applying for team openings. There was a drop in the number and quality overall. This has caused us to identify quality officers who are respected and have the potential of being good team members. Officers who work with these potential candidates are then asked to recruit them. This isn’t just a conversation. We will attempt to get these officers to training on department time, use them on call outs for menial tasks and have them to the range to shoot with us. This allows us time to evaluate them early on and gives them a chance to understand how the team works and if they have a desire to join.